For Immediate Release
APHA Commends Senate for Passing Strong Food Safety Legislation
Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), executive director of the American
Public Health Association
Washington, D.C., November 30,
2010 – “The
American Public Health Association commends the Senate today for passing the
bipartisan FDA Food Modernization Act (S. 510), important public health legislation
that would grant the Food and Drug Administration greater regulatory authority over
the nation’s food supply and begin to address the dangerous gaps in our
nation’s food safety system.
year, millions of Americans suffer from outbreaks as a result of eating
contaminated food, a widespread problem due in large part to our nation’s
woefully outdated food safety system. Placing a stronger emphasis on food
safety regulations that help prevent these outbreaks is critical to protecting
and improving overall public health.
pleased by this renewed effort to improve the capacity and coordination of federal,
state and local government agencies, which are at the front lines of
preventing, detecting and responding to outbreaks.
this long-overdue legislation would make significant strides to protect the
health of all American families by establishing a comprehensive plan to improve
the safety of our nation’s food. The bill would also offer grants to enhance
education, training and technical assistance to ensure all agencies comply with
the new requirements. APHA urges the House to quickly take up the bill and send
it to the president for his signature without delay.”
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Founded in 1872, the APHA is the oldest, largest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world. The association aims to protect all Americans and their communities from preventable, serious health threats and strives to assure community-based health promotion and disease prevention activities and preventive health services are universally accessible in the United States. APHA represents a broad array of health providers, educators, environmentalists, policy-makers and health officials at all levels working both within and outside governmental organizations and educational institutions. More information is available at www.apha.org.